Past Events


26 July 2018

Our annual Summer Social is not one to be missed! Join Women in Planning London for drinks, nibbles, and networking at The Paternoster, St Pauls. This event is kindly sponsored by Real Rec

28 June 2018

Join Women in Planning North West for an evening of interesting debate and discussion on ‘Challenging Convention: The Future of Housing?’ to coincide with the CIH Housing Conference 2018 in Manchester. 

Hear from our expert panel of speakers:

Caroline Baker, Partner Cushman & Wakefield - Caroline is a Partner and Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office and last year celebrated working for C&W/DTZ in Manchester for 20 years. She advises a range of clients in the North West, on all aspects of development issues ranging in scale from sub-regional to site specific. Caroline’s strength lies in her ability to draw upon the market advice provided from our property sector specialists and incorporate this into strategies that support development. She specialises in residential development advice including strategy and development advice to local authorities, as well as overseeing market analysis to support landowners and house builders to understand local markets, pricing products and target occupiers. She often advises on emerging markets including PRS and Town Centres.

Danielle Gillespie, General Manager North West, Homes England.

Nicola Elsworth, Head of Public Sector Land in the North West at Homes England

Paul Jones, Development Manager Capital & Centric - Paul works for Capital and Centric, leading on the delivery of NOWHAUS, a design led suburban housing solution. Previously at Urban Splash, Paul has worked on a number of design led residential and commercial urban regeneration and property development projects in the North West of England. A chartered planning and development surveyor since 2004, Paul was also awarded a Professional Doctorate in the field of the Built Environment by the University of Salford in 2017.

19 June 2018

Join Women in Planning London for the latest instalment in the When Women Plan London Event series – Unlocking growth through infrastructure – on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Cynthia Bowen, President of the American Planning Association, will deliver a keynote address on the American experience before the topic is discussed by all female expert panel including Caroline Taylor of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Victoria Hills, President of Royal Town Planning Institute.

Other speakers include:

James Drinan - Chief Executive of the American Planning Association, moderating the discussion.

Caroline Foster - Senior Development Manager at Urban & Civic

The event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Dentons.

24 May 2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of Women in Planning Solent. Join us on 24 May to hear Aaron Wright, Planning Manager for Barratt David Wilson Homes, talk about trip to India where she was involved in delivering housing.

This event is kindly sponsored by Barratt David Wilson Homes.

17 May 2018

Join leading women in the planning and technology sector as we discuss how digital disruption and innovation is occurring at all levels of planning and related sectors.


Erin James - Director of Marketing Intelligence, Future Cities Catapult

Michelle Warbis – Future Cities Catapult

Kadine James - Hobs Studio

Fran Bennet - Mastadon C

Ekaterina Litchenstien - Project Imagine

Nissa Shahid - Women in Planning London and Futures Cities Catapult

This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Future Cities Catapult. 

10 January 2018

Women in Planning London invites you to the first event in its "When Women Plan London"series on 10 January 2018.

The topic for this event is "Unlocking delivery through good placemaking and design - The future of Planning as a creative and collaborative endeavour".

The topic will be addressed by our keynote speakers:

  • Rachael Rooney, Strategic Planner Manager, Greater London Authority; and

  • Sir Terry Farrell CBE, Principal, Farrells

Followed by a discussion by our esteemed panel:

  • Cllr Clare Coghills, Leader, Waltham Forest

  • Clare Hebbes, Head of Place, Public Realm and Infrastructure, Lendlease

  • Vienne King, CEO, Soho Housing

  • Jo Negrini, CEO, Croydon Council

  • Chaired by Katerina Karaga, Senior Urban Designer at Farrells

This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Farrells.

International Women's Day 2018

March 8, 2018

To celebrate international women’s day this year, we thought we would do something a bit different. We, here at the London Branch, wanted to celebrate the amazing work of Suffragettes, so join us as we visit the “Votes for Women” exhibition at Museum of London.

Date: 08 March 2018
Address: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Time: 16:00 to 20:00
18:00: Meet for a drink at London Wall Bar and Kitchen.

If you want to attend, meet us in the foyer of the Museum of London at 16:00. Look for the Women in Planning sign that one of the London Committee will be holding.

If you can’t make the exhibition but want to meet and talk with some amazing women join us for a drink at the London Wall Bar & Kitchen after.

8 March 2018

Celebrate International Women's day with the opportunity to take charge of your career and learn more about how to achieve career success!

Speakers confirmed:

Sara Todd - Deputy Chief Executive at Manchester City Council and a Planner by trade. Sara’s current role involves leading services in the Growth and Neighbourhoods Directorate of the Council, playing a key role in delivering the Manchester Strategy with a focus on delivering jobs and growth and creating places where people want to live. Sara’s previous roles within the Council include Regeneration Manager for South Manchester, Head of Regeneration for the City and Assistant Chief Executive (Regeneration).

Victoria Hesson - Managing Director at Gladman Developments, Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture and an MA in Town & Regional Planning and is a member of the RTPI. Victoria joined Gladman Developments as a Land and Planning Director, having previously worked for 13 years’ in the housebuilding industry, for a number of major house builders including; Persimmon Homes, Miller Homes, Linden Homes and Redrow. She was appointed Managing Director in 2014 and is actively involved in all aspects of the business from land identification and planning to land disposal.

Rob Haslam - Director in Manchester Planning team of Savills and responsible for providing strategic and delivery advice to a range of public and private sector clients. Rob’s previous roles include Head of Planning Services and Strategic Planning Manager with Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council.

Hear from and be inspired by Sara and Victoria representing both the public and private aspects of the industry, followed by Rob Haslam from Savills and representatives from Blayze leading a session on confidence building and how to achieve what you would you would like to achieve from your career.

There will be an opportunity for informal networking immediately after the event.

This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by Blayze Group.

25 January 2018

Following on from the success of the Women in Planning London Branch, Women in Planning is pleased to announce the launch of the second branch here in the North West. Women in Planning North West is delighted to invite you to our launch event, sponsored by Osborne Richardson and Kings Chambers.

It's an opportunity to connect with other members and learn more about the array of events we are planning for 2018. Can't make it to our launch event? That's fine but make sure you stay connected.

22 November 2017

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13 July 2017

Join Women in Planning and CBRE Planning on the 13 July for our summer drinks event, kindly sponsored and hosted by CBRE.

We will hear from two leading ladies within CBRE's Planning Team, Alison Tero and Lorraine Hughes who are both Senior Directors and part of CBRE's Women's Network in London. Alison will introduce us to the CBRE Women's Network which spans the whole company and Lorraine will discuss her career journey to her current position.

Following the presentations, there will be plenty of time for networking over refreshments and nibbles whilst soaking in the view from the St Paul's rooftop.

This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by CBRE.

19 June 2017

Join us to learn from our panellists about their different experiences of planning from around the world:

  • Sarah Elliot, Planning Practice Lead, AECOM - Event Chair

  • Cynthia Bowen, American Planning Association President

  • Neha Tayal, Lead Urban Designer AECOM and Lecturer, UCL Bartlett

  • Zoe Green, Manager, Urbanisation and Development, PWC

  • Julia Hurley, Projects Officer, Spatial Planning Team, Croydon Council.

Thank you to our hosts and sponsors AECOM and the American Planning Association.

11 April 2017

Women in Planning are delighted to host our very first breakfast event in partnership with Dentons. What impact will the Housing White Paper have on residential developers, local authorities, housing associations, landowners, and investors?

Join us for breakfast and hear what our distinguished panel have to say about it:

  • Alice Lester MBE - Head of Planning, Transport and Licencing at Brent Council

  • Lorraine Hughes - Senior Director at CBRE

  • Sara Parkinson - Planning and Development Programme Director - London First

5 December 2016

Women in Planning invite you to our Christmas Event to help you get in the festive spirit!

 Join us at Drake & Morgan at King's Cross on 5 December 2016 for an evening of networking and merry making.

This event is kindly sponsored by Richard Osbourne.

10 February 2016

Women in Planning’s successful event series Proud of Women is back. We are honoured to have the RT Hon Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood join us for a unique event where she will reflect on her career in planning and politics.

Most recently, Helen has had an active role in scrutinising the Housing and Planning Bill in the House of Commons.

Before becoming an MP, Helen Hayes was a planner for over 19 years at Urban Practitioners and from 2011 a Director in the planning team at Allies and Morrison.

We do hope you can join us.

This event is kindly sponsored by Turley.

8 July 2015

Our Proud of Women event series celebrates women working in planning. On 8th July 2015 Women in Planning will be joined by Carol Rhea, President of the American Planning Association (APA).

Carol Rhea is a founding partner of the Orion Planning Group, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Rhea has worked as a city, county, regional, and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges.

This is an opportunity for our members to learn about issues facing planners in the United States. Carol Rhea will also talk about her career and provide tips for women working in the built environment sector.

The event will culminate with Women in Planning's Summer Social kindly sponsored by Oyster Partnership.

Date: 8th JULY 2015

Time: 18:30 – 21:00

Venue:  Gustave Tuck lecture theatre, University College London. Summer social will take place in UCL’s Garden Rooms.

Cost: Free

31 March 2015

kindly sponsored and hosted by Colliers International.

4 March 2015

This year, International Women’s Day theme is Make it Happen in aid of encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Tapping into this theme, we have arranged a panel of inspiring women speakers who will share their experiences of how they made it happen.

Women in Planning, Real Estate Women, Urbanistas and Women in Sustainable Construction and Property.

The panel will include:

  • Liane Hartley, Founder of Urbanistas and Mend chairing the event.

  • Natalie Bayflied, Bayfield Training
    Presenting on her journey to making a successful business.

  • Neena Thakkar, Pollard Thomas Edwards
    Presenting on creating a gender balanced architectural firm.

  • Liz Loughran, Women in Sustainable Construction & Property and Director of Line Planning - Presenting on inter-professional aspects of the organisation and sustainability show casing and how WSCP are making it happen.

  •  Victoria Thornton, OBE, Founder of Open City - Presenting on founding Open House Weekend and Open City.

With such a remarkable panel and stimulating theme, the event is sure to spark fresh debate, raise new questions, engage and inspire women of all ages and experience levels across the built environment sector.

Please do join us as we  #makeithappen.

11 December 2014

We invite you to Women in Planning’s Christmas Social at Henry’s Bar Piccadilly
Price: Free
Sponsored by KDH Associates

8 October 2014

Proud of women events showcase the leaders in the profession in, with the aim of inspiring and guiding others in the profession, providing an opportunity to network with them.

Our next event on 8th October will host three speakers working in related professions of Planning Law, Sustainability and Transport.


  • Miranda Pennington - Partner at Metropolis Green

  • Ann-Maire Shiven - Associate Director at Robert West

  • Michele Vas - Managing Associate at Dentons.

This event is kindly sponsored by Dentons LLP.

28 August 2014

Women in Planning invite you to their Summer Social. Food and drinks will be provided by our kind sponsor KDH Associates on The Fence's lovely outdoor terrace.

20 March 2014

Women in Planning will be leading a campaign to promote women to be proud of working in the London Planning world. We will showcase the leaders in the profession in the Capital, with the aim of inspiring and guiding others in the profession, providing an opportunity to network with them.


  • Kathy MacEwen – Head of Planning and Enabling at CABE at the Design Council

  • Erica Mortimer – Managing Director of CgMs Ltd

  • Seema Manchanda – Assistant Director of Planning and Environmental Services at London Borough of Wandsworth

Time: 6.30 p.m. —9 p.m

Venue: Design Council CABE, Angel Building, 407 St John St, Islington, London. EC1V 4AB  ​

11 December 2013

Women in Planning invite you to join us for Christmas drinks and nibbles


This event is sponsored by KDH Associates.

4 October 2013

Women in Planning will be leading a campaign to promote women to be proud of working in the London Planning world. We will showcase the leaders in the profession in the Capital, with the aim of inspiring and guiding others in the profession, providing an opportunity to network with them.

Location: District Room (7th floor), Broadway House, London ‎

Speaker: Michele Dix

Michèle Dix joined TfL in 2000 as director of Congestion Charging on a job-share basis with Malcolm Murray-Clark. She started her career at the GLC after her PhD and became a chartered civil engineer through their transport planning graduate scheme. Michèle later went on to work for Halcrow Fox where she became a board director. Michèle is responsible for leading TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges and initiatives. Michèle became MD of TfL Planning on 4 June 2007.

This event is kindly sponsored by KDH Associates and supported by Transport For London (TFL).

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